Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ungodly by Kendare Blake

Genre:  YA Mythology
The Goddess Wars Series, Book 3

Note:  This is the third book in a series.  Plots from earlier books might be mentioned below.

Description (taken from Kendare Blake's website):
As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood

For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.

So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.

But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.

And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.

Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference.

The war began on Olympus in the last book.  And it went horribly awry.  With the characters we love getting separated and retreating, we seem to end up in three different stories.  And as they plan the next course of action, we find their stories merging once again for an epic finale.

Athena realized too late that she had fallen in love.  And she will do anything to save him and get the chance to tell him her feelings.  And that's why she's still stuck in the Underworld between life and death.  Cassandra was brutally betrayed by Athena and wants all of the gods dead.  So when she finds the God of Death, they become an interesting duo.  But it's not enough of a distraction to keep her from her vengeance.  And as for Andie, Henry, and Hermes?  They've gone home and are desperately trying to keep the past from catching up to them.  They would much rather forget about the war going on instead of being an instrument in it.

This is another concluding series that I kind of wish I had read closer to the last book.  I was completely hooked to the story and following it easily.  I just honestly don't have much of a recollection with what happened on Olympus.  My memory was a little hazy.  And I feel I might have enjoyed this one more if I remembered.  But besides that, this was still an excellent modern mythology story involving characters from the infamous Trojan War.

I think mythology fans will enjoy this one.  It definitely introduces the ones we know as well as a few lesser known gods.  It's fun.

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